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Rio Grande Valley Texas Anti-Gang Grant Awards $2.4 Million to Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Equipment transfer scheduled

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The City of McAllen, through annual grant application and funding from the Criminal Justice Division (CJD) of the Texas Governor’s Office, serves as the state or federal funds recipient and fiduciary for the RGV TAG, acquiring the funding required to operate the TX TGV TAG Center.   Image Source: Image Source: Sdlewis at English Wikipedia, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons and Matti Blume, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
The City of McAllen, through annual grant application and funding from the Criminal Justice Division (CJD) of the Texas Governor’s Office, serves as the state or federal funds recipient and fiduciary for the RGV TAG, acquiring the funding required to operate the TX TGV TAG Center.   Image Source: Image Source: Sdlewis at English Wikipedia, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons and Matti Blume, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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The Texas Legislature, through HB 11, Texas 84th (R) Legislative Session, authorized the creation of the Texas Transnational Intelligence Center (TTIC) and certain Regional Texas Anti-Gang Centers (TAG).  HB 11 took effect September 1, 2015. Participating agencies include federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

The City of McAllen, through annual grant application and funding from the Criminal Justice Division (CJD) of the Texas Governor’s Office, serves as the state or federal funds recipient and fiduciary for the RGV TAG, acquiring the funding required to operate the TX TGV TAG Center.    

McAllen City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez, P.E.

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“I am so proud of the cooperation of all of the area local, state and federal law enforcement agencies who together in the RGV Texas Anti-Gang Center help keep not only our region, but also, the state and country safe.  The work that is done by the RGV TAG assists to prevent crime and criminal elements from our communities and thanks to this grant and the vehicles purchased, that crime prevention effort will be enhanced even further.”

McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez:

“The City of McAllen Police Department, in coordination with RGV Law Enforcement agencies, area legislators and the Texas Governor’s Office, has successfully launched the Texas Anti-Gang Center at McAllen.  Law enforcement efficiency is enhanced through co-location of federal, state, and local law enforcement resources.  Efficiency translates to law enforcement effectiveness and safer communities.  The equipment made possible through this grant adds to public safety response capacities.”      

WHO: City of McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos & McAllen City Commission
City of McAllen Administration 
Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra 
City of Edinburg Mayor Ramiro Garza
Edinburg Police Chief Jaime Ayala
Mission Police Chief Cesar Torres
McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez
Weslaco Police Chief Joel Rivera
City of Weslaco Mayor Adrian Gonzalez
Other Invitees 
WHAT: Transfer, hand-off and delivery of APC and Specialty Units from the City of McAllen to the following RGV TAG agencies:
Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department:
LENCO BearCat APC
Model SS34FC-SV Mobile Command Center[1]
Edinburg Police Department:
LENCO BearCat APC
McAllen Police Department:
Roshel Senator APC 
Mission Police Department:
Roshel Senator APC
Weslaco Police Department:
Model SS32FC-22SV Mobile Command Center 
1 Vendor delivery pending   
WHEN: Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: McAllen Convention Center Ballroom, 700 Convention Center Blvd.  
Drop-Off Circle – Valet/Guest: northwest entrance 

The McAllen Police Department, through the TX RGV TAG budgeting process submitted a Budget and Grant Application that included a funding request for the following APC Units:

LENCO BearCat APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) Unit:$400,746
LENCO BearCat APC (Armored Personnel Carrier):$400,746
Roshel Senator APC (Armored Personnel Carrier):$355,700
Roshel Senator APC (Armored Personnel Carrier):$355,700
Model SS32FC-22SV Mobile Command Center:$409,730
Model SS34FC-SV Mobile Command Center:$471,585
Equipment Total:$2,394,207
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